Wii: Virtual Console – PAL (Europe) – Friday May 11th

This weeks Virtual Console games in Europe:

NES Open Tournament Golf
NES – 1992 by Nintendo – 1-2 players – sport – 500 points
“In NES Open Tournament Golf, choose from three international courses – UK, US and Japan – and thre different game types – Stroke Play, Match Play and Tournament.

Set up your shot on the overhead map screen by choosing the correct club and adjust for wind speed and direction, then switch to the action screen and make your shot using careful timing!”

Ninja Spirit
Turbografx – 1990 by Irem Soft – 1-2 players – action – 600 points
“Ninja Spirit is a side-scrolling action game that amaezed the gaming world with its precision graphics and quality gameplay. Play as the ninja Moonlight, engaged in a fierce battle to avenge his father’s death and unlock the secrets of his birth.

Select between the original Aracde Mode and PC-Engine Mode, which includes a life gauge. Use four types of weapons:kusarigama, katana, shuriken and bombs to battle your way through the enemies. Grab power-up items and switch between weapns to give yourself an advantage, You’ll need to consider the enemy’s attack and your weapon’s ability in order to deftly make it through all seven stages.”

Xbox 360: Dashboard update (aka. "Spring update")

So at last, the “spring update” or the Dahsboard update for Xbox 360 came today. The update have many new functions (which you can read about in a prevously post) and bugfixes.

The first thing you will see is the new markedplace blade to the left. You will also see a new Chat and IM selection. A thing I like, is that you can see the name of the game in the DVD drive and you can also get info on your gamerscore for that game. Nice.




In the Games blade under Achievements, you will see a list of all you achievemnts, your score, how many points you can get and the total achievements your games can give you.
When you select a game, you see what achievements you have and when you played that game last.

HD movies you may want to buy

HDTV are very common in USA and Europe is getting closer. And we have started to buy the next generation DVD players, aka HD DVD or Blue-ray. But what to see on hour new and expensive hardware?

I have found two, for me, must have titles. It’s Planet Earth and The Ultimate Matrix Collection. This titles will look real good on your HDTV and the bigger screen, the better. I will buy the HD DVD version since I got the HD DVD player for Xbox 360.

Here’s info of where to get it (remember that HD DVD is regionfree).

Planet Earth
Amazon.com (HD DVD version)
Amazon.com (Blue-ray version)
Amazon.co.uk (Blue-ray, US version)
Amazon.co.uk (HD DVD, not available yet)

The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Amazon.com (HD DVD, 5 disc version)

The Complete Matrix Trilogy
Amazon.com (HD DVD, 3 disc version

Retro Gamer Collection Volume 1

I ordered Retro Gamer Collcetion Volume 1 earlier this week and got it to day. It’s a 256 page packed magazine with the best articles from Retro Gamer after Image Publishing took over the show.

You can order Retro Gamer Collcetion Volume 1 from ImagineShop.co.uk.

This is the content of the magazine:

Features

  • Spectrum Legends
  • Ghost ‘N Goblins
  • Super Sonic

The Making of…

  • It came from the dessert
  • Impossible Mission
  • Turrican
  • Earthworm Jim
  • IK+
  • Wizball
  • Exile
  • Another World
  • Target Renegade
  • Head Over Heels
  • Breakout
  • Starfox
  • Ghostbusters
  • Dragon’s Lair

Retro Revival

  • Sabre Wulf
  • R-Type
  • Castle Of Illusion
  • Elite
  • Barbarian
  • Star Wars
  • Cybernoid
  • Chase HQ
  • Super Mario World
  • Operation Wolf
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX

Developer Lookback

  • Rare
  • Team 17
  • Ocean
  • Activition

The Definitive…

  • Gradius
  • Bubble Bobble
  • OutRun

The Classic Game

  • Silent Hill
  • Pilote Wings
  • Mr Do!
  • The Great Escape
  • Kik Start II
  • The Revenge of Shinobi

Company Profile

  • Sonic Team
  • U.S. Gold

Retroinspection

  • ZX Spectrum
  • Mega Drive
  • Commodore 64
  • Amstrad CPC 464
  • SNES

The Complete Lowdown

  • Magic Night

Conversion Capers

  • Gauntlet

Full of Eastern Promise

  • Dracula X

Cheap As Chips

  • Batman

Boss Rush

  • New Zealand Story

Wii: Virtual Console – PAL – Friday May 4th

Europe got a good collection of new games to download from Virtual Console.

Shockman
Turbografx – 1992 by Hudson Soft – 1-2 players – 600 points
“It’s been two years since Arnold and Sonya were mate intod Shockman. A message from the Professor to ‘return to their bodies’ has them head to his laboratory, but they are ambushed by a mysterious enemy along the way. Our heroes fail the ambush, but then they catch a TV newsflash announcing the ‘RYO EMPIRE’ invasion. They discover that the Professor has been kidnapped, and set out to rescue him.”

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Mega Drive – 1990 by Sega – 1 player – 800 points
“This classic title features Sega’s very first mascot, Alex Kidd! Alex had given up hope that his kidnapped father, King Thor, would return to his kingdom on Planet Aries. When the news arrived that he was very much alive and being held captive on the planet Paerock, Alex raced to his rescue!”

Virtua Fighter 2
Mega Drive – 1996 by Sega – 1-2 players – 800 points
“Virtua Fighter was a revolutionary fighting game when it hit the arcades, and it introduced nine characters with a range of martial arts style. In Virtua Fighter 2, the intrepid fighters return to the World Fighting Tournament.”

Wonder Boy in Monster World
Mega Drive – 1992 by Sega – 1 player – 800 points
“Monster World was a peaceful, happy place until one dark day an army of BioMeka monsters invaded. As a young man named Shion, you’ve vowed to defeat the hostile foes and make the land peaceful again.”

New The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass pictures

I’m realy looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The last week or so, more screenshoots from the game have been puplished, and tey look good. The game is out in Japan in June and sometime in fall in US (and probably the same for Europe).

You can pre-order the Japanese version from both Play-Asia.com and YesAsia.com. The same goes for the US version (Play-Asia.com and YesAsia.com).

Here are the new screenshoots, taken from Famitsu.com: